Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I don't think about art while I work. I try to think about life. —Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat 

Born to a Haitian father and a Puerto-Rican mother, Basquiat left his family home in Brooklyn, New York at the age of fifteen and took to the streets. A voracious autodidact, he quickly became a denizen of the explosive and decadent New York underground scene—a noise musician who loved jazz, and a street poet who scrawled his sophisticated aphorisms in Magic Marker across the walls of downtown Manhattan, copyrighting them under the name SAMO. In 1981, he killed off this alter ego and began painting and drawing, first on salvaged materials then later on canvas and paper, and making bricolage with materials scavenged from the urban environment. From the outset he worked compulsively; his passion for words and music, his intense yet fluid energy, and the heterogeneous materials that he employed so freely imbued his work with urgency and excitement. He sold his first painting in 1981, and by 1982, spurred by the Neo-Expressionist art boom, his work was in great demand. In 1985, he was featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in connection with an article on the newly exuberant international art market. In that photograph, Basquiat is a vision of cool, sprawled in a chair in an elegant three-piece suit and tie, with bunched dreadlocks and bare feet, in front of a large, bold painting—a supernova in the making. 

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition in Hong Kong of paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat. 
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 21st, from 5:00 to 8:00pm 

Gagosian Gallery 
7/F Pedder Building 12 Pedder Street Central, Hong Kong 
Hours: Tue-Sat 11-7 
Admission free


In 2000, our gallery held a great exhibition of Basquiat in Venice, Italy at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and produced  the most complete catalogue of Basquiat ever published in Italy (if you are interested contact by e-mail andrea@vecchiatoarte.it )

September 5, 2000, h.5.00 p.m. 
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venezia.  

Jean- Michel Basquiat Monograph.  

Gallery Dante Vecchiato and Galerie Enrico Navarra present the Italian edition of the General Catalogue of the Works of Jean -Michel Basquiat. 

Including about 700 works and several essays by the most relevant international art-connoisseurs, the volume stands out as the most complete catalogue of Basquiat ever published in Italy. In over 690 pages, well-known and less-known aspects of the artist’s life are highlighted.  The catalogue consists of two volumes, cased; in Volume 1, you’ll see a selection of important works full-page; in Volume 2, the complete series in chronological order. 

The Monograph aims to enter deep in the artist’s world and to understand the man beyond the artist: his inspiration sources, his attitude, his method, his heroes, his graffiti, his idea of death, his significant role, despite a very early death, in the history of contemporary art. Among the essays, stand out those by Jean Louis Prat, Johnny Depp, Glenn O’Brian, Achille Bonito Oliva. 

Furthermore, a biography by Richard Marshall, and testimonies of his dearest friends, like Annina Nosei, Diego Cortez, Bruno Bishofberger, Tony Shafrazi, and many others.  The catalogue includes more than 900 photos, many from the video by his assistant Stephen Torton  

Jean-Michel Basquiat 

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